Friday, November 4, 2011

Dairy Reflections - UPDATED

So you drink cow milk, don't you? You like to put it in your coffee and soak your breakfast cereal in it. You like your greek yogurt and your cottage cheese. You like your whey protein powder. Admit it, you even enjoy drinking a large cold glass of milk. It's okay, it's delicious and full of protein. I indulge too.

Would you drink human breast milk? No? Why? You are more grossed out by the milk of a member of your own species, than you are by the milk of a different species that lives in a barn and trots around in its own manure?

Who was the first weirdo who saw a big fat cattle's udders and thought "Man, I gotta get me some of that"? Granted, I find it hard to envision barns filled with row upon row of women hooked up to milking machines, and then to have that milk shipped to milk distributors and cheese makers. I also find it hard to imagine rows of refrigerated breast milk at the grocery store, neatly lined up in gallon and half gallon containers, with photographs of large-breasted women on the labels instead of the more traditional holsteins. Similarly, I can't imagine bringing human infants to a dairy barn and just letting them suckle directly at the cow's udder. Interspecies milk drinking is just gross. We are biologically meant to drink the milk of our own species, yet we don't do that.

Think about it; you are drinking the milk of an animal. You are a freak.

2011-11-19 UPDATE: Found this old article from April about chinese scientists genetically engineering cows that can produce human milk...: and this BBC article about ice cream made from human breast milk for sale in the UK  quote:"Mrs Hiley's donation was expressed on site and pasteurised before being churned with Madagascan vanilla pods and lemon zest.

Don't ask how I find this stuff.

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